Historic Brooklyn Heights home that Truman Capote admired hits the market for $11M

There’s no shortage of brownstones in Brooklyn, but a shingled, double-wide house from the early 19th Century is rare indeed. So rare, in fact, that it received a special mention in Truman Capote’s 1959 essay about living in Brooklyn. And now the home, at 13 Pineapple Street in Brooklyn Heights, has just hit the market asking $10.5 million.

Owned by Henry Gutman, the chair of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and his wife Karoly, a retired lawyer, the federal style home has windows on all four sides (another rarity for New York), a large garden and a garage. It’s 4,000 square feet, has seven bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.

Capote lived around the corner from the house at 70 Willow Street during the time when he wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.”  According to Curbed, he describes it in his essay “A House on the Heights” as follows:

I’m not much acquainted with the proper history of the Heights. However, I believe (but please don’t trust me), that the oldest house, the house still extant and functioning, belongs to our back-yard neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Broughton. A silvery gray, single-wood Colonial shielded by trees robustly leafed, it was built in 1790, the home of a sea captain.


  • Andrew Porter

    Impressive how they’ve photoshopped out of existence the towering Jehovah Witness dormitory in the background, and added lush plantings to the window boxes that aren’t really there. Also, the photo has done something weird to the houses on the right, including eliminating reflections and air conditioners in the windows.

    With the Witnesses now (mostly) gone from the area, you can expect lots of construction noise as they work on the JW dorm in the background, and on the one diagonally across the street, on the corner of Pineapple and Columbia Heights.

    Here’s a more realistic photo of the place: